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Matthew Arnold (1822–1888) by George Frederic Watts, 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Arnold, Matthew (1822–1888), poet, writer, and inspector of schools, was born at Laleham-on-Thames, Middlesex, on 24 December 1822, the eldest son and second of the nine surviving children of the Revd Thomas Arnold (1795–1842) and Mary Penrose Arnold (1791–1873). Thomas Arnold had been a fellow of ...

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Fletcher, Joseph (1813–1852), statistician and school inspector, was the third son of George Fletcher, of Rennes, France. Little is known of his background and early life, except that he was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1838 and called to the bar on 7 May 1841. As with contemporaries such as ...

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Hayward, Frank Herbert (1872–1954), inspector of schools and author, was born on 16 December 1872 at Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire, the son of John Hayward, a bootmaker, later of 56 Seymour Road, Bristol, and his wife, Anne Lydiard. Details of his early education are unknown, but he began teaching in a board school as a pupil teacher in 1887. He was assistant master at ...

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Holmes, Edmond Gore Alexander (1850–1936), inspector of schools, was born at Moycashel, co. Westmeath, Ireland, on 17 July 1850, the fourth son of Robert Holmes (1803–1870) and his wife, Jane, daughter of William Henn, a master in chancery, of Dublin. He had four brothers, including ...

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Jones, Harry Longueville (1806–1870), inspector of schools and antiquary, son of Edward Jones of Oswestry and his wife, Charlotte Elizabeth Stephens, was born in Piccadilly, London, on 16 April 1806. His father was the second son of Captain Thomas Jones of Wrexham, who adopted the additional name of ...

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Morell, John Daniel (1816–1891), philosopher and inspector of schools, born at home at Little Baddow manse, Little Baddow, near Chelmsford, Essex, on 18 June 1816, was the ninth child of Stephen Morell and Jemima Robinson, his wife. The family was of French origin, and settled in ...

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Stead, Francis Bernard (1873–1954), inspector of schools, was born on 19 February 1873 at 37 Brompton Square, Kensington, London, the second son of the Ven. Samuel Stead (1828–1912), archdeacon of Bombay and English chaplain in Florence, and his wife, Elizabeth Pollexfen, née Pinwill (1832–1916)...

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Symons, Jelinger Cookson (1809–1860), barrister and inspector of schools, was born on 27 August 1809 at West Ilsley, Berkshire, the son of the Revd Jelinger Symons (1778–1851) and his wife, Maria, eldest daughter of John Airey of Northumberland. Symons's father was vicar of ...

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Turner, Sydney (1814–1879), Church of England clergyman and school inspector, was born on 2 April 1814, the youngest son of Sharon Turner (1768–1847), historian of Anglo-Saxon and medieval England, and his wife Mary Watts (bap. 1768, d. 1843). Sydney Turner edited and prepared the index to his father's ...

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Westaway, Frederick William (1864–1946), school inspector and writer on science, was born on 29 July 1864 at 42 Malvern Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, the eldest son of William Westaway (1840–1926), a blacksmith and later publican, and his illiterate wife, Caroline Baldwin (1840–1916), a former servant, and daughter of ...

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Sir Christopher Anthony (Chris) Woodhead (1946–2015), by Adrian Sherratt, 2010

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Woodhead, Sir Christopher Anthony (Chris) (1946–2015), schools inspector, was born at 246 Chase Side, Southgate, Middlesex, on 20 October 1946, the son of Anthony Ronald Woodhead (1915–2004), accountant, and his wife, Doris Winifred, née Pyne (1914–2004), a school secretary. He was educated at a primary school in ...